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Spokane's Japanese Community

Japanese immigrants first arrived in Eastern Washington during the late 1800s and early 1900s, mostly as railroad workers and mine laborers. Many went back to Japan when the work ran out, yet a signif...

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Story of the Origin of the North Wind Weir on the Duwamish River

The Coast Salish story regarding the origin of the rocks in the Duwamish River known as North Wind Weir. This version was compiled from several versions.

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Story of the Origin of the Tolt River (Snoqualmie)

The Snoqualmie tribe's story regarding the origin of the Tolt River. This file contains the story as related to Ballard by Snuqualmie Charlie (sia'txted) (ca. 1850-?).

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Swedes in Seattle and King County

Prior to the great fire of June 6, 1889, Seattle's Swedish population was small, as it was in the rest of the northwest region. The census of 1880 counted only 190 people of Scandinavian heritage in a...

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The Story of the Origin of the Humpback Salmon (Snoqualmie)

Snuqualmie Charlie (sia'txted) (ca. 1850-?) told the Snoqualmie Tribe's story regarding the origin of the Humpback Salmon to Anthropologist Arthur C. Ballard (1876-1962) in 1916. 

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West Coast Waterfront Strike of 1934

Along with every other major West Coast port, Seattle's harbor was paralyzed from May 9 to July 31, 1934, by one of the most important and bitter labor strikes of the twentieth century. The struggle p...

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